How to Iron Rayon Acetate Fabric

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With the proper techniques, you can safely iron rayon-acetate fabrics. Iron them while they are slightly damp and place a pressing cloth over the material to avoid burning the fabric. Set the iron on a low heat setting with no steam.

Both rayon and acetate are semi-synthetic fabrics, made from wood pulp or cellulose and treated with chemicals. The fabric combination produces a smooth, shiny and silky product at a reduced cost when compared to natural silks.

Fabric Care

Fabrics that contain just acetate can be washed on a warm setting with an all-purpose detergent, but when rayon is added, verify the fabric care instructions on the garment first or on the directions provided to you when you bought the fabric. Hand-wash rayon-acetate combinations in cold water with a mild or gentle detergent and air-dry. Iron the fabric while it is still slightly damp.

Things You'll Need

  • Ironing board with heat-resistant cover
  • Iron
  • Cotton pressing cloth or towel

Rayon-Acetate Ironing Tips

Step 1

Lay the fabric right-side face-down on the ironing board or inside-out while it is still slightly damp. Do not iron the fabric when it is dripping wet, as you don't want to create water stains.

Step 2

Verify the iron is set to low heat.

Step 3

Place a cotton towel over a section of the fabric that you wish to iron. Iron the pressing cloth in circular motions. Lift the pressing cloth off the fabric.

Step 4

Adjust the rayon-acetate fabric and reset the pressing cloth over the fabric. Iron the new section of fabric through the pressing cloth. Periodically adjust the rayon-acetate material and the pressing cloth until you have completely ironed the entire piece of material.

Warning

    • Do not place the iron directly on the rayon-acetate material, as the iron can melt the fabric. 
    • Do not leave the iron resting on the pressing cloth or leave it in place for too long; the heat builds up and can burn through the pressing cloth.

Tip

    • Sort fabrics by the temperature required for ironing; iron the low temperature items first, gradually increasing the heat as you iron materials that require higher temperatures.
    • When ironing garments with zippers or closures, verify the material flaps are laid over them to avoid ironing the zipper or other fasteners.  
    • Allow 5 minutes between changes in temperature settings to allow the iron to heat up or cool down as needed. 

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